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Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa.
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Zanzibar is still the best-kept secret in the Indian Ocean, with its fascinating historical Stone Town and magnificent beaches. Zanzibar is an archipelago. It is made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and is about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island (known locally as Unguja, but as Zanzibar internationally) is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, occupying a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterized by beautiful white sandy beaches fringed with coral reefs, and historic Stone Town, said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

Zanzibar has excellent gay friendly hotels and smaller guesthouses located in Stone Town and on several beaches around the island. The east coast of Zanzibar Island features several hotels and guesthouses on the beach, ranging from small and intimate inns to larger resorts. Going further afield, gay friendly lodges can be found on Pemba and Mafia, and on the smaller islands of Chumbe and Mnemba.

Zanzibar known as the 'Spice Islands' and it is not surprising that spices play an important role in the cuisine here. With African, Arab, Goan, Indian and Chinese influences, traditional food is truly a fusion of style and taste. Most restaurants feature spices in their menus although there are also Italian, Thai and other international restaurants too.

Stone Town is well worth visiting. As you stroll around the town, you will find shops selling wood carvings, Zanzibari chests, clothes, spices, paintings and antiques. For textile and jewelry you should head for Kiponda Street and Market Street.

The Indian Ocean surrounding Zanzibar offers world class watersports including scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing on traditional local dhows. The island’s brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing. The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.

Stone Town is well worth visiting to see the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, Dr Livingstone's House and the Arab Fort. You will see Zanzibar's bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! A trip to the site of Sultan Barghash's harem at Marahubi is another ‘must see’ sight.

The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. They can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town.
Other places worth exploring include the Jozani Natural Forest Reserve located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare red Colobus monkey, the Syke's monkey and the elusive Zanzibar leopard. Tours to the unspoiled north coast always end up at Ras Nungwi, a sleepy fishing village on the northern tip of Zanzibar island. This area of Zanzibar has some fantastic beaches and stunning coral reefs that are ideal for diving and snorkeling.

Situated on the other end of the island is the Kizimkazi fishing village, home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa

So, if you’re seeking a get-away vacation of unspoiled natural beauty, dreamy tropical beaches, romance, history and culture and an unhurried pace of life, then Zanzibar, Tanzania has much to offer the gay and lesbian traveler.

Zanzibar Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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